Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Thursday, June 30, 2011


Pumpkin, Cerise & Tangerine. Yes. Blocks done. Betcha you can figure out which color I had the fewest scraps of! Now to find a backing.

Also today--- man, I love the Missouri Star Quilt Company! I bought their daily deal jelly roll (Flurry) and a Moda candy bar pack on Tuesday and here it is Thursday and ---here it is! Fantastic service from this company. I can't wait to get into that jelly roll!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Finally some Bottled Rainbow time-

This week is still not totally my own; I've been cleaning costumes for the indoor run of Shakespeare (two nights; really, is it worth it?) and trying to get the kids to do their summer school work ("Hey, you guys mess around during the year--- don't blame me if you're behind. I can only warn you so much...") But I did get to play. The results through Wednesday: Plum, Raspberry and Ruby. Added to last FNSI's Petal, and the Eggplant I snuck in right after FNSI, it means I have 13 done, three to go for the Bottled Rainbow quilt. I really, really want to finish it by next week-- July is camp month, when I go to work at a Christian camp for inner city kids for a week. The first year I went, my co-dorm mom made her bunk with a lovely Irish Chain quilt someone had made for her. I had a piece of fleece on mine. I decided then and there that 'next year I will make my bunk with my own made-by-me quilt'. Well, it's five years later, my piece of Mickey Mouse fleece has huge holes in it and I want my Bottled Rainbows quilt on my bunk this year!

Think good thoughts for me, would you? I have to finish the wedding gown, too.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Graduates, Shrews and Sweet Hugs!

No sewing this weekend but we did celebrate a new chef, another successful run of Shakespeare in the Grove and two wonderful days with Kal_El and his mommy & daddy. Wonderful weekend... now can I please sew for me?!

Chef Corey and his proud and happy parents-

"Shrew" cast Becca and Rachel with Jacie-

John as the gunslinger Petruchio-

Andrew as the manic sidekick Grumio...

Rachel and Madison-- the Shrew that is as far from a shrew as you can be!


Kal-El is eighteen months old!

Just the best a weekend could be!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Almost there...

... to sewing freedom that is! 'Shrew' opened last night under a beautiful clear sky, no bugs, hot and humid as hell but the crowd was good and the performers are excited to finally present their hard work to an audience. Before I can sew my summer away I have to finish up the wedding gown and then my sewing time is my own! Oh, there's still the week of camp I have to do crafts for and family will be visiting in July but it's almost playtime. Yay!

Tomorrow is a big day: Congratulations Corey Joseph! Graduating from the Culinary Institute of Virginia-- I am so proud of you, son. Tomorrow, 'maaaaaaa-ma' will cry happy tears. Get over it.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

FNSI Accomplishments-

Okay, so the plan really was to work on costumes. I went up to the cave to get my shoes so I could go out to the car to get the pieces I needed to work on. I kept them in the car because some are rentals and they're quite stinky. Then I saw some piles of fabric I had pulled earlier this week for a few after-the-show summer projects and, well, I never made it out to the car. I grabbed rulers, templates and rotary cutter and got busy. When I was done I had turned one pile into tumblers, another into 5 1/2" squares and a third into circles for yo-yos. (Arrow Sewing Cabinets is having a contest--check it out on Facebook!)

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<--This became this-->

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And just because I had already blown getting any costume work done, I threw in one of these:

Bottled Rainbows. Petal.

Then I drank some iced coffee, took Tylenol PM and went to bed. I dreamt my actors were onstage wrapped in quilts and one was naked but for a few yo-yos placed in strategic locations. Go figure.

I'm looking forward to Monday when I'll have a little time to browse what everyone did last night! Right now I must go de-stinkify and trim some dresses and hem a few pants.
Have fun y'all!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Swamped with the 'Shrew'...

... but it's a FNSI andI have some costume work to do. So do alterations count? I say yes! I'm extremely late in signing up because with a show opening in less than a week I didn't think I'd have time to play but the kids and DH are off to a party and I'm alone with a pile of costumes that need altering, pressing and trimming so Friday Night Sew In here I come!